Metal Roof Installation Guide

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Is it time to upgrade your roof already? The installation of a metal roof will not only save you money in the long run but save you the time with constant repairs and upgrades. Should you choose to install metal roofing yourself you are going to need to know a few things before, and during the process. In this metal roof installation guide, we will discuss the metal roof materials and tools needed, the steps to be taken during installation, and a ‘how-to’ permitting DIY metal roof installation.

Prior to starting your DIY project there are a few things to do and to consider:

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Safety is your number one concern. When figuring out how to introduce a metal rooftop, understanding security is the most significant advance.

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Gloves and goggles ought to be worn constantly to forestall injury. Make sure there are no electrical wires or low branches hanging over the rooftop.

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Secure your stepping stool/ladder at the base and at the purpose of rooftop contact. Test the stepping stool/ladder to be sure it won’t move under your weight.

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Wear proper safety shoes while participating in rooftop work and always remain aware of your surroundings.

Now that you have your safety precautions in order, it is time for the first step of how to install a metal roof by itself or over shingles.

How to Install a Metal Roof

Step 1: Choosing Your Materials

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There are a multitude of materials to choose from for your metal roof installation project. Be sure to research all of the available options beforehand to choose the right material for your home, make sure to read our comprehensive metal roofing types blog. Listed below are various options and a short blurb regarding each one.

Tin: This is the most common and affordable metal roofing choice. The downside is that it creates noise when it rains.

Copper: A copper metal roof is the nicest to look at but costs a pretty penny. However, it does withstand extreme weather and fire.

Aluminum: This choice is lightweight and rust proof but it does need to be painted often.

Steel: Another one to break the bank but be worth the investment.

Zinc: This metal roofing choice is not only long-lasting, but it is corrosion-resistant and recyclable

Step 2: Measure Your Roof

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Use proper measuring tools to find the length and width of the roof from the ground outside. Next determine the slope of the roof. Slope is easily calculated as rise over run.

Next, multiply the area measured by the slope calculated, youresult is the total square footage in your DIY roofing project.

Step 3: Remove Old Roofing

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This is a tad time consuming but necessary. During this step you may also consider performing any needed repairs.

Step 4: Gather Your Supplies

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Head to your local hardware store or supplier and check these items off of your list.

Tip: Try to call ahead to ensure the product is in stock as to make as few trips as possible to various store locations.

What You Need:

  • Claw hammer
  • Drip edge
  • Patches
  • Sealants
  • Drill, drill bit
  • Ladder (size depends on the size of your home)
  • A ruler
  • A marking pencil
  • Jigsaw or reciprocating saw
  • Pry bar
  • Silicone seal
  • Nails (1 ¼ sized nails)
  • Gutter accessories
  • Metal roofing shingles/pieces (make sure to have extra)
  • Safety/welding gloves
  • Safety glasses
  • Roof ventilation kit
  • 1-2+ people to help with the project

Step 5: Install the Metal Roof

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Now you’re ready to begin getting into the real work. So, let’s dive into how to install metal roofing, make sure to read our blog on how metal roofs are installed too.

  1. Install the edging by using your 1 ¼ nails then cover the outline of your current roof with the edging.
  2. Just like a puzzle, secure the corners with the bends of the panels.
  3. Install the metal panels or metal shingles.
  4. Adjust the metal roof material using the edging by 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch and is square to the rooftop line.
  5. Introduce the material fastens vertically along each rib the board. Spot the principal screw around 7 crawls from the base and each resulting screw around 18 to 24 inches separated along the vertical run.
  6. Secure the screws but don’t overtighten them.
  7. Run the silicone sealant along the underside of the short edge of the metal board. The silicone will spread and follow, making a seal.
  8. Screw in the new board/sheet.
  9. Keep including boards until the rooftop is secured. You may need to slice the boards to fit the edges.
  10. Install roof ventilation with your roof ventilation kit, following the included instructions for the process.
  11. Install the roof flashing.
  12. Bending the flashing into a V-shape, be sure to fit over the top roof ridge and the corners where your metal panels meet.
  13. Repeat step 12 until all of your flashing is installed.
  14. Do a thorough lookover of your completed project and make sure to seal anything that needs to be sealed or nail anything that needs to be nailed.

Although looking at these steps may make this DIY project seem simple, it is often best left to a professional. Get in touch with us to learn more about metal roofing as well as the installation process.